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CenturyLink Endowed Chair in Global Communications and Technology Management

Sameer Kumar, Ph.D., PE

Research Specialties
  • Supply chain management 
  • Quality management 
  • New product development 
  • Production and service cost economics 
  • Global operations technology management
Current Research
  • Health care systems applications
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Outsourcing
  • Transportation
  • Humanitarian logistics

Faculty Bio

Courses and Teaching Philosophy

Professor Sameer Kumar loves to give his students "the business." He brings a wealth of industry experience, as well as cutting edge research and case studies to his class. For hands-on learning, his classes also play The Beer Game.

What's the "Beer Game?"Sorry, no beer involved!

Guest speaker and industry expert Dan Nottestad, Engineering Specialist with 3M Corporation, offers his take on the intricacies of stock-outs, market uncertainty and something called the "bullwhip effect."

The Beer Distribution Game (The Beer Game) is a simulation game created by a group of professors at MIT Sloan School of Management in the early 1960s to demonstrate a number of key principles of supply chain management. The game is played by teams of at least four players, often in heated competition, and takes from one to one and a half hours to complete. A debriefing session of roughly equivalent length typically follows to review the results of each team and discuss the lessons involved.

The purpose of the game is to meet customer demand for cases of beer through a multi-stage supply chain with minimal expenditure on back orders and inventory. Players can see each other's inventory but only one player sees actual customer demand. Verbal communication between players is against the rules so feelings of confusion and disappointment are common. Players look to one another within their supply chain frantically trying to figure out where things are going wrong. Most of the players feel frustrated because they are not getting the results they want. 

Beer Game. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved October 12, 2010,

Research and Publications

My primary research interest is in developing optimal approaches to design and operational management of supply chains where quality, costs, lead time, flexibility, logistics and risks are some of the business factors considered. Training in industrial engineering, computer science and mathematics enables me to consider operations not only as individual entities but also as systems that interact with each other.

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Books, and articles in a variety of refereed journals presented by research area, ranging from 1990-2014.

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News and Updates

Sameer Kumar Receives John Ireland Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Teacher-Scholar 
April 15th 2014

Drs. Meg Wilkes Karraker and Sameer Kumar have been named recipients of the John Ireland Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Teacher-Scholar for 2013.

The award, presented annually since 2008, recognizes outstanding academic achievement of faculty in teaching and scholarship, and exemplifies the mission and values of the University of St. Thomas as an institution committed to the teacher-scholar model. Awardees are tenured members of the St. Thomas faculty who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to not only their respective disciplines but also to the university.

“I am passionate about finding out how and why things work the way they do, and how to improve and streamline operations to promote efficiency in business operations – whether in the manufacturing of a product, or the delivery of a healthcare service. A common theme in my quest for knowledge has been the basic principle of the universality of a system. What makes a system unique is its environment. This finding has enabled me to categorize problems, designs, models, methodologies, and solution techniques at macro and micro levels, and develop innovative solutions,” Kumar commented on winning the award.

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